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Here are all the tunes that president Obama is chilling to this summer

By Amy X. Wang

Less than six months stand between Barack Obama and the end of his term as president of the United States. While madness engulfs the race to succeed him, Obama himself is gearing up for some R&R… and R’n’B.

Today, the White House dropped two official playlists of the president’s favorite songs of summer, featuring a cool mix of crooning indie hits, hip-hop, slinky jazz, and more. You can listen to both of them on Spotify—or spin the tracks below.

Obama’s summer playlist: Daytime

LoveHate Thing – Wale

Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges

Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett

Many the Miles – Sara Bareilles

Tightrope – Janelle Monáe

Classic Man – Jidenna

So Ambitious – Jay Z feat. Pharrell

Me Gustas Tu – Manu Chao

Forever Begins – Common

The Man – Aloe Blacc

As We Enter – Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley

Sinnerman – Nina Simone

U Got the Look – Prince

Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin

Good Vibrations – Beach Boys

Don’t Owe You A Thang – Gary Clark Jr.

Man Like That – Gin Wigmore

II B.S. (edit) – Charles Mingus

Obama’s summer playlist: Nighttime

If I Have My Way – Chrisette Michele

Espera – Esperanza Spalding

Tell It Like It Is – Aaron Neville

Alright – Ledisi

Trapped By A Thing Called Love – Denise LaSalle

Lady – D’Angelo

So Very Hard to Go – Tower of Power

Midnight Sun - Carmen McCrae

Cucurrucucú Paloma – Caetano Veloso

Green Aphrodisiac – Corinne Bailey Rae

I’ll Be There for You / You’re All I Need – Mary J. Blige / Method Man

Lover Man – Billie Holiday

Criminal – Fiona Apple

Acid Rain – Chance the Rapper

My Funny Valentine – Miles Davis

Do You Feel Me – Anthony Hamilton

I Get Lonely – Janet Jackson

Lean In – Lizz Wright

All Day Music – War

Say Yes – Floetry